Fighting dengue with carnivorous mosquitoes | theSundailyPosted: July 30, 2012
MPSJ Health Department director Dr Roslan Mohamed Husin said Kampung Seri Aman had been chosen as a research area due to a dengue outbreak in the area in 2010 and studies which showed the area had a high breeding rate of the aedes mosquito.
“This year, there have been less than 15 dengue cases in the area, which shows our efforts have indeed curbed the breeding of aedes mosquitoes,” he said, adding there were no cases of cross-breeding so far.
The toxo mosquito is larger than other mosquitoes, averaging 19mm in length, or the size of a 10 sen coin. Its lifespan is around three weeks, and during this time it can eat up to 400 larvae.
Dr Roslan said it was up to USM whether new areas should be identified for the introduction of more toxo mosquitoes, as the data collected from the areas is sent back to the university for research purposes into the feasibility of this initiative.